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Sonic the Hedgehog spins onto Apple TV

Sonic the Hedgehog spins onto Apple TV

If you ever owned a Sega Genesis console back in the golden days of 16-bit gaming, you almost surely spent some time with the Sonic the Hedgehog games. While the high-speed platforming, loop-de-loop running, ring-collecting hero has long been available on mobile devices, nothing beats playing the games on a real television. Fortunately for iOS and Apple TV users, that opportunity is returning. Sega has just updated the existing app for Sonic the Hedgehog 1, introducing tvOS support.

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Apple engineers would rather quit than create an iOS backdoor

Apple engineers would rather quit than create an iOS backdoor

Given the very high profile and tragic circumstances surrounding the San Bernardino case, even some of those siding with Apple's views fear that the government might win this case, opening up a can of worms for the future. But even if it does, the FBI might hit a snag in getting cooperation from Apple's minions. Several Apple employees, both former and current, are already mulling their options should that day come, going as far as considering quitting instead of being forced to break the security they themselves worked hard to strengthen.

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LastPass launches its own Authenticator mobile app

LastPass launches its own Authenticator mobile app

Humans are terrible at keeping things secret. They are even worse at keeping secret keys, like passwords, secret. A whole market of services like LastPass thrives on helping users not only keep passwords safe, they even help users create strong passwords in the first place. But a password alone isn't enough to keep you safe these days, which is why many recommend using two-factor authentication as well. Taking that advice to its natural consequence, LastPass is making available its own Authenticator mobile app in an attempt to convince users to adopt these safety practices.

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Google Maps is getting more cab options than Uber

Google Maps is getting more cab options than Uber

Summoning a ride is about to get even easier, with Google Maps extending its ridesharing integration to cover options other than Uber. The new version of the app will be rolling out to Android users over the next few days, though those with an iPhone will have to wait a little longer before they see it.

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iOS 9.1 Jailbreak is here – Some things you need to know [UPDATE]

iOS 9.1 Jailbreak is here – Some things you need to know [UPDATE]

At one point in the not so distant past, bending over backwards to free an iPhone or iPad from its shackles was the hip thing to do among power users and non-conformists. While it still has a faithful following, jailbreaking iOS devices has fallen slightly out of fashion, partly due to Apple including features once only possible in jailbroken devices. The process of creating jailbreaking tools has also become a lot harder, which is reason enough for fans to celebrate Pangu's release of the latest Jailbreak for iOS 9. But before you go on this daring adventure, here are a few things to keep in mind first.

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TomTom still wants you to pay for GPS navigation

TomTom still wants you to pay for GPS navigation

You probably have what you called a "GPS" in a drawer somewhere - a rather monstrous hunk of plastic with a resistive touchscreen that led you places. You were like Michael Scott from The Office allowing yourself to be led around the countryside with that beast. Now the folks at TomTom are attempting to invade your smartphone. Not for the first time - they've been here before - but this time with a service that's free for the first 75km every month. That's 46 miles. That's a very small amount of driving.

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This is what the iPhone SE looks like (more than likely)

This is what the iPhone SE looks like (more than likely)

As we move ever closer to Apple's next live event, the iPhone SE becomes a focus for potential customers looking for a once-again palm-sized smartphone. What you're about to see is a set of images that come from sources who wish to remain anonymous due to the highly volatile nature of the material they present. These images are made for case-makers internationally and appear to be renderings based on leaked components and design charts. The device, as per usual, is iterative, it would seem.

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DOJ could force Apple to hand over iOS source code

DOJ could force Apple to hand over iOS source code

From name calling to almost veiled threats. That's how far the tussle between Apple and the FBI over San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone has gone. In its most recent legal response to Apple's own legal filing, the Justice Department pretty much implied that it could require Apple to just give it the source code to its iOS mobile platform should the company continue to refuse to give in to the FBI's requests to unlock the iPhone. This was in response to one of Apple's arguments that it would cause an undue burden on the company.

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Miitomo, Nintendo’s first app, hits Japan on March 17

Miitomo, Nintendo’s first app, hits Japan on March 17

Nintendo will be making its official smartphone debut next week with the long-awaited released of Miitomo. Well, in Japan at least. The gaming giant has revealed that the free-to-play-but-not-really-a-game app will be released on iOS and Android in Japan on March 17th. Sadly there's no word on release outside the country just yet, but during an investors meeting last fall, Nintendo said Miitomo would be available worldwide by March of this year, so hopefully we'll get access in the following week or two.

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Uber has a secret emergency line to help with Uber-related emergencies

Uber has a secret emergency line to help with Uber-related emergencies

Have you ever taken a cab, or an Uber and afterward realized that you've forgotten something important in it? It can be rather difficult to retrieve whatever it was. With a cab, you're lucky if you can remember what company the cab was with, let alone the number on the car. At least with services like Uber, you know which driver you were with. However, the company is working on making it easier to help with situations like this.

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Closing iPhone apps won’t save battery – but these 3 tips will

Closing iPhone apps won’t save battery – but these 3 tips will

This week Apple made clear that closing apps in the background of your iPhone will not make your battery life better. Surprise! This is very likely the way in which you found yourself attempting to keep your phone running longer, and according to Apple, it was all for nothing! Lucky you, though, now that you're here, we've got a set of three sure-fire ways to actually REALLY increase your battery life well beyond what you were doing before.

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Android update: what’s the point?

Android update: what’s the point?

Google releases another new version of Android and I have to ask: what is the point? Why continue to allow the public to be misled? We asked this question a few years ago, suggesting that Google should never have promised Android updates in the first place. They called it the "Update Alliance" - a group of manufacturers and mobile carriers that promised quick updates to Android whenever Google had them available. It was absurd then. It's still absurd today.

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